Free practice

Silverstone - uk

Pre-qualifying, third for Ramos/Müller

The Maserati MC12 driven by Müller/Ramos clocked the third best time in the second 80 minute free practice stint.

This morning's session took place in variable weather and this caused the cars some problems with Thomas Biagi's Ford GT40 suffering serious engine trouble. The race commissioners had no option but to show the red flag as Biagi's car ended up in a dangerous position on the track.

The session got going again after a few minutes and Müller/Ramos' MC12 was in second place for long stretches, tucked in behind Kumpen/Hezemans in the Corvette, before being relegated to third when Wendlinger/Sharp's Saleen S7 clocked the fastest lap overall. Reigning champions Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels came sixth after focusing on the race set up for the car.

Qualifying to decide the grid positions for the race will be held in the afternoon.

Pre-qualifying session

1 14Wendlinger/SharpSaleen S71:43.592
2 4Hezemans/KumpenCorvette Z061:43.991
3 2Ramos/MüllerMaserati MC121:44.145
4 9Menten/PalttalaCorvette Z061:44.619
5 19Maassen/MoreauCorvette Z061:44.887
6 1Bartels/BertoliniMaserati MC121:45.206
7 18Lacko/DominguezSaleen S71:46.186
8 3Longin/RuffierCorvette Z061:46.342
9 11Lemeret/HinesSaleen S7 Twin Turbo1:46.586
10 13Orts/MonfardiniSaleen S71:46.901

The MC12s do well in free practice

The 2009 FIA GT season officially got underway with the first free practice season at Silverstone in England.

The 80 minute session was a sneak preview of how the championship might go with not much to call between the cars. The Vitaphone Racing Team Maserati MC12s got off to a solid start and set the second and third best times with, respectively, Müller/Ramos and Bertolini/Bartels, a tenth down on the Corvette Z06 duo of Kumpen/Hezemans.

Free practice

1 4Hezemans/KumpenCorvette Z061:45.914
2 2Ramos/MüllerMaserati MC121:46.029
3 1Bartels/BertoliniMaserati MC121:46.058
4 14Wendlinger/SharpSaleen S71:46.186
5 3Longin/RuffierCorvette Z061:46.907
6 19Maassen/MoreauCorvette Z061:46.990
7 9Menten/PalttalaCorvette Z061:47.008
8 18Lacko/DominguezSaleen S71:47.508
9 13Orts/MonfardiniSaleen S71:48.231
10 40Leinders/KuppensFord GT (001 PT GT1)1:48.596